Monday, December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"AMAZING VIDEO: Man Lifts 20 Ton Block By Hand"--Mystery History. The video is about a Michigan man who has discovered ways to easily move and lift blocks (he is using concrete) weighing several tons using only pebbles, counterweights, and stacks of wood. The video culminates with his raising a 20 ton block to an upright position, such as the upright stones at Stonehenge or the large obelisks raised by the ancient Egyptians. 

     I know, personally, five people who have been sent to the hospital for broken hands after closed-fist strikes to the head. A total of nine incidents (two of them were not fast learners).  One of them had been a trained amateur boxer. How many people have I known who needed medical treatment after receiving a closed fist strike to the head? None. Zero. Zip. Nada.
         Falling and hitting their heads? Yep. Being directed into a wall or piece of furniture? Sure. Head butting? Both accidental and deliberate. Even slaps (I didn't go to the hospital but should have, dizzy and puking for almost three days) C did, with a ruptured eardrum as well as a mild concussion.
           So is it a good technique/system whatever if you are far more likely to be injured by using it than the bad guy? (BTW, two of those people have permanent disability.)
      • "Knuckle duster zip gun murder weapon"--Impro Guns. The .38 caliber zip-gun makes up the body of the handle, while attached to it is a spiked knuckle duster. The weapon was used in a murder in Brazil, and the suspect claims that he learned how to make the weapon while in prison.
      • "Tribes, Super-tribes and Uber-tribes"--MacYoung's Musings. MacYoung notes the basic flaw with multiculturalism/globalism:
             Dunbar's number postulates that we can only maintain between 100 to 250 stable relationships. That is our actual ‘tribe’ (or village if you will). With a little mental gymnastics most people can be comfortable with the idea of a Super-tribe (lots of people like them). We start gritting our teeth at the Uber-tribe. Where people really glitch is when someone tries to promote the idea that the 'tribe' is global. Ummmm I owe tribal obligations to 7 billion people? Totally over the sanity horizon, for anyone not espousing it, is saying animals, trees and Mother Earth are also your tribe -- and you owe them the same obligations. 
            • "Different Tools, Different Times, Different Places"--The Zelman Partisans. A good discussion of fires and the need for different fire extinguishers (or at least a mix of the correct chemicals) for different types of fires, which the author then segues into a discussion of different firearms for different purposes and the international response (or lack thereof) to the recent wild fires in Israel (undoubtedly the result of arson).
            • "Exclusive: How to Carry a Single-Stack 9mm"--Guns Magazine. The gist of the article is that the author likes to carry the weapon on one hip, and then balance it by carrying one or two extra magazines in a carrier on the opposite hip.
            • "Intended Carjacking Victim Destroys Carjacker"--Active Self-Protection. A would-be carjacker picks the wrong vehicle and gets an educational beat-down. Video and discussion at the link.
            • "How to get your car unstuck from snow"--Chicago Tribune.  Good advice on how to get your car unstuck. Of course, it is easier if you have a shovel and something to provide traction (sand, strips of carpet, etc.) in the trunk.

            Other Stuff:
            • Juxtaposition This:
                   The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's Board of Trustees suspended lump-sum withdrawals from the pension fund Thursday, staving off a possible restraining order and stopping $154 million in withdrawal requests.
                     The system was set to pay out the weekly requests Friday. Pension officials said allowing the withdrawals would leave them without the liquid reserves required to sustain the $2.1 billion fund.
                According to the article, one of the largest problems with the plan was a program called Deferred Retirement Option Plan that allowed police and firemen to "officially" retire, but still continue working. Thus, on top of their normal paycheck, they also received a retirement payment that was "deferred" into an account which for years guaranteed 8% interest. According to the article, the plan made hundreds of firemen and police millionaires.
                       In an analysis of syphilis samples, researchers by the University of Zurich found the most common to be SS14-Ω, a sub-set of SS14.

                          Alarmingly, 90 per cent of the SS14-Ω samples they analysed were resistant to antibiotics.
                           The president and his allies have focused their campaign on the populous, fertile, west of his country and few people expect him to lavish limited military resources on quickly retaking the eastern deserts or Euphrates valley area from Islamic State.

                             The senior pro-Damascus official said that Assad had for now written off Raqqa, which has become the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, often referred to by the Arabic term Daesh, regarding the jihadist group as Washington's problem to fix.

                               "The regime forgot about Raqqa a long time ago and made it the responsibility of the Americans. Let those alarmed by Daesh go and remove it," the official said.
                                 Whatever the disparity in the reproduction ratio, it is evident that throughout history more women than men reproduced. If this were not so, other selection pressures (e.g., child mortality) would have to take up the slack for the loss of a major driver of human evolution.

                                   What is also evident is that the dawn of civilization has had a dampening effect on female hypergamy. Civilization requires engaged and committed beta males. Lots of them. A sex market that radically disenfranchised a big chunk of those betas would sabotage any civilizational momentum. Severe sex restrictions and runaway female hypergamy can exist in a state of nature, but putatively only for short periods of time. Entrenched and unrestricted female hypergamy would sexually and reproductively dispossess too many men and remove the ROI [return on investment] foundation upon which advanced societies are built.

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